Friday, May 15, 2009

You keep it copacetic, gotta learn to accept it

Daisy Colored pencil It was a beautiful, sunny day, filled with many good things, including hanging out with Mr. Lounge Chair, and a good conversation with my Mom and Dad. But there were some downsides, and I'll get those out of the way first.

I didn't spend a ton of time on the computer, and I should probably give fair warning that with the approach of nice weather, I don't think I'll be commenting as much. (I might not even post as much...! I know!) If I'm following you, I'm still reading, but I have a feeling that comments are going to go way down this summer. I would also like to remind people to put up the "followers" list on your page, because on the rare occasion that I've wished to stop following a blog, and that list isn't available, it's next to impossible to stop following. We've all stopped following various blogs at some point, so please make it possible for people to opt out if they choose!

For the past two days, I've been unable to get into Twitter. I'm still not sold on it, but I'm trying to work with it and give it a chance, and there definitely are some things I like about it. But I could not get into the site until I used a different browser. What the blankety blank blank?? I'd like to thank my pal Dan (Milwaukee Dan #2) for giving me some good advice and putting up with my profanity-laden emails. The bottom line comes down to what I've been feeling for a while now...time to get away from AOL and go with IE or maybe Chrome for my browser. I'll still keep my AOL email for now, but I'm not a happy girl when it comes to AOL lately. Ugh. It meant a couple of hours of major frustration this afternoon, and I'm not very forgiving of anyone or anything that irritates me that much. Tell me that thing about how irritation is what makes an oyster form a pearl. Go ahead. I dare you.

Oriole9 Watercolor I was also very irritated to hear about a situation in which someone decided they didn't want something that was used...what was offered did not meet their requirements. I feel this is a situation where, as Queen said, "I want it all, I want it all...and I want it now!" What happened to the concept, and the sound fiscal plan, of saving up for something, and buying it when you have enough money? Or putting money away for a rainy day, putting money aside for life's inevitable emergencies, like when the furnace goes out or the roof needs replacing? I assure you, dear conservative readers (I know I still have a few!), that I am a firm believer in saving and planning for such things, and I am extremely frustrated when I see people that do not do so, and instead choose to borrow money from those who agree to loan it. I believe there is a broader lesson here, and I think we need classes in high school to teach money management and economics. I had an Econ class in high school, and a personal finance class in college. Heck, in sixth freakin' grade, we had a project in which we "bought" stocks, and followed them in the local paper. Is that no longer taught? Arrrr, I am SO irritated by what I heard today, and all I can say is don't come cryin' to me!

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts....

I bought a buttload of CDs from BMG today for ultra cheap, and about half of them were gifts! Some cool obscure stuff. It worked out to less than $6 per CD. Oh yeah, babe!

Robin Williams rescheduled for an October date at our local theater (after a delay because of his heart surgery), and I was able to get floor seats, about nine rows back, as opposed to our previous seats in the third balcony. I need to take those balcony tickets back for a refund. Hopefully news tomorrow on a kickass concert in August...!

Windflower2 watercolor For dinner tonight, I made Shrimp Fra Diavolo, and it was quite tasty. After my Ahi Tuna at Tippecanoe Place, I've had a craving for seafood. I got the shrimp on sale, and also bought some tuna steaks on sale. I'm looking forward to some blackened tuna soon.

I've become friends with a person who has been through a similar bad experience with a mutual someone in our past, and exchanging "war stories" has been very therapeutic. I'm happy this has happened, and perhaps we'll tip a few in the future!

One of Ken's coworkers, who got us Notre Dame basketball and hockey tickets, asked Ken today about what football games he'd like tickets to. SWEEEET! We're going to try for Michigan State, Washington, Boston College (grrrr), and Navy. We're hoping that Cousin Shane and my Dad can come with us to the Washington game, and we'll do some tailgating for every game we go to.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day.

Okay, let's look at the totals!

  • Less time for comments 1
  • Stupid AOL 1
  • Lack of fiscal planning 1
  • BAD total 3
  • El Cheapo CDs 1
  • Great seats for RW 1
  • Shrimp Fra Diavolo 1
  • A new friend 1
  • ND football tickets 1
  • A kickass sunny day 1
  • GOOD total 6

There is no question! Despite the day's frustration, the grand total shows a net of 3+ good!


  1. Any day above ground is a good day!

  2. I wish I could tailgate the State game ... I absolutely adore this song!!

  3. I wanted to go to the RW show but his tickets were a little steep for us right now. You'll have to tell me all about it... in FULL detail. ;) Glad you were able to find some r&r today.

  4. Beth:

    I wanted to say Hello! I'm glad things are going well for you. I wish I good go see Robin as well, he was funny on Letterman the other night! Did you see that Will is going to be on the SNL? I hope you and Ken have a wonderful weekend!


  5. Just a few quick comments. I can't stop loving AOL, no matter how much I try. I know this isn't a popular opinion, but in the trillion years I've had AOL (since Prodigy, of which I was a pioneer, went out of business), I've never had one single tiny problem. Maybe I'm just lucky.

    Sitting in the sun. Sounds wonderful! Maybe some day I'll have time. The shrimp fra diavolo sounds mighty good, too.

  6. I've had a weird week myself and I'm glad it's about over. I didn't think I would ever be able to give up AOL either considering I used it from the late 90's. But when I moved blogs, and email addresses I broke the habit and yes....I have no idea now what took me so long.
    As for twitter, don't give up! I haven't been online much this week, so I missed the times you've twittered, but I promise, once you get into it, it's fun in it's own special little way. Dan has always been my Yoda Master when it comes to tech things, I'm sure he's guided you wisely!
    Ok, time for me to try and get back to sleep. Only 5 am in my parts~

  7. I'm glad that the good out weighed the bad for you today! I haven't tried Twitter. I don't have time for all I do now....but I make time. LOL

    I'm glad you were able to get in some lounge chair time. I want some soon, but the weather just won't cooperate.

    have a good day

  8. I would love to meet Mr. Lounge Chair..he is quite elusive to me! AOl has its problems, but until they really crap(!)..I've just been using them forever! I've really cut my time online by tons...there are just so many other things I can be doing and with nice weather...duh!

  9. I feel the same way. Did I run out of things to say, or do I just have other things that occupy my time? I do not know.

    I defiantly have a love/hate relationship with AOL. I like the familiar, but I hate how things are store as PFC files, that can be read only by the AOL software....I hate how the past month I can not use the AOL download on my HP/windows XP. I have come to the end of my patience with running spy ware/virus ware and installing and deleting then reinstalling.

    I think everyone likes the familiar. You use a product for years and do not want to relearn on another site. So my advice for all it to open another email and get to use it, then decide if you want to switch. I have four sites where I have accounts.

    Have a nice summer Beth.

  10. When we were kids we'd ask our parents for the latest this or that, and my father's answer was always the same:
    Save your pennies.
    And it works. To this day, it works.

  11. Like Rebecca I haven't been on Twitter alot this week myself. When we're all on (Heather, Rebecca, and I) it's kind of like having a block party going on.

    As for AOL I don't know why I still have my AOL email. I never use it and just go in to delete everything anyway. I've been using IE forever now. If you go that direction go with IE 8 and not the Beta the Beta version isn't nice to Vista.

    As for less time online, I'm aiming for that myself and more time working on my book. I just need to get a booster for the wifi so I can connect on the porch. (Hugs)Indigo

  12. I always love when you post bird pictures. I was at the pet store the other day and saw the fattest parakeets...hee hee....they were just there chillin'....

    AOL has been giving me crap, too. They're in cahoots with Satan, I tell you.

  13. Beth, I'm not a saver. Wish I was. We've done our best to teach our kids to not make the same mistakes we have. Hopefully, they'll "get it.";-)

  14. AOL sucks. That followers thing is NOT for everyone. It will be a sad day if you do not update as often since you are one of the only reasons i am still involved here....but go and enjoy your life and the warm weather! I saw Williams on Letterman this week....LOVE glad he made it thru that major heart surgery.

  15. Hard to believe our two computers are actin so differently. Hope you had better luck today :o)

  16. Love this entry! I'm so glad your good outweighed the bad. (It usually does, if we just take the time to enumerate!) I don't use AOL for anything but my email. My son talked me into using Firefox more than a year ago I think, and I really to like it. I don't like or use IE at all. I tried Chrome and liked some things about it, but I think it would be hard for me get used to, although Andrew LOVES it! I may keep using it once in a while to see if it grows on me.


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